Programming on PBS and NPR won nine honors in this year’s Peabody Awards, announced on a webcast this morning (April 4).
Public television winners: American Experience, for what the judges called “three exceptional documentaries . . . under the banner of this grand American history anthology,” Triangle Fire, Freedom Riders and Stonewall Uprising; indie showcases P.O.V. for My Perestroika and Independent Lens for Bhutto; and American Masters for Charles and Ray Eames – The Architect and the Painter.
Austin City Limits from KLRU-TV “receives a rare Institutional Peabody Award,” the judges said. “Thirty-seven seasons on air make it the world’s longest running live music television program.”
And ITVS and Loud Mouth Films won for Who Killed Chea Vichea?, an investigative documentary “produced on a shoestring budget,” covering the 2004 assassination of a Cambodian trade-union leader.
On the radio side, NPR won for “Reflections on the Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya”; for “Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families,” a three-part report on Native children being removed from their families; and StoryCorps, NPR and P.O.V. won for their September 11 memorial excerpts from interviews with survivors and victims’ relatives.
Honors will be presented at a May 21 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, with actor Patrick Stewart as emcee.